Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today said the government has been working to diversify its export products and expand export market to increase the export earnings to US$60 billion in 2021.
The commerce minister is now in Thailand's capital Bangkok for joining the 12th conference of the Asia-Pacific Form of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
He said if the trade barriers are removed Bangladesh will be able to expand its market very quickly as among the LDCs, Bangladesh has made a remarkable progress in social and economic sectors. Internationally reputed research organizations have highly appreciated the Bangladesh progress and they forecast that the country would be able to accelerate this progress in the days to come, he added.
"Bangladesh is on the right track to achieve a middle income status by 2021. It is also very close to be a Digital Bangladesh," said the minister.
Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Dr Somkid Jatusripitak presented the keynote paper while Hon. Shane Jones of New Zealand and LCT Tekreth Kamrang of Cambodia also spoke at the panel discussion.
Later, Tofail Ahmed called on UN under secretary general and ESCAP's executive secretary Dr Shamshad Akhtar and sought ESCAP's technical and other cooperation for expanding bilateral and regional trade.